Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Knowing where you came from

Whitehead Member Mary Gehring  studies how gene expression is regulated by the addition and removal of DNA methylation from the genome. In this image of an Arabidopsis thaliana flower, the veins of the sepals, filaments of the anthers, and base of the stigma are highlighted by a marked enzyme that is essential to this type of gene regulation. 

Image by Deborah Pohlmann/Whitehead Institute

Podcast

AudioHelicase logo with Iain Cheeseman

May 17, 2018

AudioHelicase podcast: Iain Cheeseman discusses cell division and what can happen when it goes wrong

Cheeseman discusses how his work on the kinetochore provides a window into cell division and what happens when this vital cellular function goes awry.


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David Meeker speaks at Whitehead Connects

January 14, 2019

A BETTER PATH TO DRUG DEVELOPMENT

Biotech leader David Meeker connects with the Whitehead Institute community

In the News

Illustration of person pulling down a segment of DNA

January 16, 2019

Revising the textbook on introns

Whitehead Institute researchers uncover a group of introns in yeast with surprising stability and function



Pollen grains

DECEMBER 17, 2018

A TOUGH CASE CRACKED

The detailed molecular structure of the inert plant material sporopollenin — key for the emergence of land plants — has been resolved

FEATURED

Image of regenerating planarians

NOVEMBER 27, 2018

UNCOVERING THE “MUST-HAVES” OF TISSUE REGENERATION

Biological program triggered by large injuries not required for regeneration, Whitehead Institute team finds


Illustration of observatory focused on DNA constellation

NOVEMBER 15, 2018

ACTIVATING A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF GENE REGULATION

A previously mysterious part of transcription factors, the activation domain, plays a key role in forming phase separated "droplets" that concentrate proteins required for transcription near genes

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